Our feeling is that once you have narrowed your list of schools that you’re interested in to around 5 or so, it can be very important to attend one of the camps that those schools have on campus. The benefits of attending a school’s camp are:
1. Showcase your ability in a small group vs. a large showcase setting.
2. Get to know the coaching staff and evaluate their coaching style and philosophy
3. Allow the coaches to get to know you on a personal level. (For our staff, this is just as important as your ability as a baseball player, from the standpoint of coach ability, aptitude and intangibles.)
4. Tour the campus, and get a feel for the environment and community.
Key to Success:
The key to your success in the college selection process is the willingness to be proactive. Get your name out there and initiate contact with the schools you are interested in, both athletically and academically. The recruiting process is a two-way street, so to speak. We want potential members of our program to take some time to learn about our College and its baseball program, while, at the same time, we need to put forth the same effort to learn and gather information about you. Ultimately, the process is about the best “fit” and the best “feel,” and this process allows you to make an informed decision.
Remember, prospects don’t get discovered at camps, but a tremendous amount of evaluation happens there!